Do not walk the well-trodden paths. We are well aware that after hard work more than anything else do not want to strain and think. And many people actually google "Where to relax" and are satisfied with a little. The point is to spend a little more time and imagination to find the perfect place and not always be with the crowds of tourists. Expand your horizons and look for alternatives to standard tours.
Get to know the culture. Even at the planning stage of your trip, you should do some real research on the destination. We think you'll be very surprised if you dig a little deeper than the standard guidebooks. For example in the Jordanian city of Petra there are many indigenous people who sell souvenirs in the style of their culture and they say they live there, but that is just a game for tourists, try walking through the gorge in the evening sitting on a donkey with a native old man, believe me he will show you more than you will see in your whole trip.
Learn the key phrases. You can earn the favor of the locals simply by babbling a few standard phrases in their language. After those magic words, even if they're spoken clumsily, you're free to switch to universal English.
Improvise. If you come with a tour group, don't be attached to them like a faithful puppy. Break away from the standard tour, plot your own route through those thematic places that interest you specifically. Grab your backpack and give yourself over to the terrain (if it is non-threatening).
Don't be afraid to stray from your set route and get lost in an unfamiliar city. It's not scary, it's awful fun. You won't get really lost anyway, given the modern ways of navigating.
Socialize with the locals. To feel at home in a foreign country, you need to blend in with the environment as much as possible.If possible, stay with your family, eat national food at establishments where locals usually hang out, and take public transportation.